7 Tips on How to Enjoy Paris like Parisians Do

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Living in a city allows you to see it in a completely different way than if you are just visiting it for a vacation. And especially if we are talking about a cosmopolitan place like Paris! After more than a year spent roaming on the streets of Paris and discovering all its faces, here are the places that we recommend you to add to your to-do list. Even if you are in town just for few days, they will give you a better feeling of what Paris is all about. Enjoy!

Picnic on the Grass
Picnic at park Monceau

Picnic at park Monceau


Once spring is in town Parisians start enjoying the city by many outdoor activities. One of the most famous is having a picnic with your friends in the park. So grab a baguette, Camembert and a blanket and join the party! The place we recommend for a picnic are the parks: Monceau, Champ de Mars, Place de Vosges.

Sunset at Pont des Arts
Pont des Arts

Enjoying Pont des Arts


Every evening the famous bridge for lovebirds – Pont des Arts turns into a meeting spot, where friends can hang out. They gather, sit on the ground, have a drink and enjoy the sunset and live guitar often present there. Mmmm, so missing this 🙂

Chill out Evenings at Canal Saint-Martin
Canal Saint-Martin

Canal Saint-Martin on a warm evening

If Parisians want to relax and grab a drink with friends in a trendy neighborhood – Canal Saint-Martin is the spot. Join around sunset and watch how they line up around the banks of the canal. This is a very tranquil and pleasant spot, which offers great views and Parisian spirit.

Energizing Walk in the Park

Enjoying coffee at the park on a sunny afternoon

Paris has many parks to offer to your attention! Among the less famous, but locals’ favourites are Parc des Buttes-Chaumont and the Luxembourg garden. They both open you the door to a fairytale experience so find an afternoon to spend there for an energizing walk.

Get Inspired in a Museum
Orsay Museum

The glorious MusĂ©e d’Orsay


Among all its beauties, Paris is also a universe full of museums of any kind, which can satisfy anyone’s interests and taste. Our personally favourite ones are MusĂ©e d’Orsay and MusĂ©e de l’Orangerie – http://www.musee-orangerie.fr, which is home to the famous Claude Monet’s masterworks, the NymphĂ©as (Water Lilies). Its majesty and gracefulness is hard to describe. Go and get yourself inspired 🙂

Discover Underground Paris by Metro
Paris Metro

Stories from the metro


You must give the Parisian metro a try at least once if you want to see the city through the eyes of locals. Be careful because Parisians may be very rude while running inside the Metro to catch their train! Also, keep in mind that most of the metro stations look like a piece of art, decorated with different themes. Some of those are the stops Louvre-Rivoli, Cite, Bastille, Concorde, Varenne, Arts et MĂ©tiers and many others. Look up for those and discover underground Paris!

Roam on the Riverbanks of Seine
Siene walk

Romantic walk on Seine

Pamper yourselves with a walk on the riverbanks of Seine. You can enjoy the city from down there as well as feel the spirit of locals. Be careful only not to fall in the water, because there is still so much to see and experience in the city 🙂

We hope we have tickled your curiosity and opened new horizons for you. Have you been in Paris before? Is there anything to add to the list?

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